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  • Aerial view of Ardlgass Golf Course set on clifftop overlooking the Irish Sea
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    County Down Golf Classic

    Play three superb golf courses over four days.  Offer includes 18 holes at the number one golf course in the world!  From Saturday 16 - Tuesday 19 October. 'Play & Stay' offers are available. 

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    We are open for business

    Following the government announcement restrictions are starting to ease.  The regulations for the easing of restrictions from 23 and 30 April 2021 have now been published and 24 May 2021 was announced for the reopening of other accommodation and the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland. If you're planning your next staycation or thinking of coming to Visit Mourne for a great day out, here are some suggestions on what's open.

  • A couple walking in the gardens at Montalto Estate in Ballynahinch, County Down.
    Categories: Plan Your TripThings To Do

    Gorgeous Gardens

    Gardening enthusiasts will love this wee corner of the world. Visit Mourne is already something of a paradise to begin with, but over the years its spectacular charm has inspired green fingered pioneers who have worked with the landscape to carve out some sparkling displays of colour and beauty.

  • A couple walking into Brunel's Restaurant in Newcastle, County Down.
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    Things to do in Newcastle

    Newcastle is one of the loveliest seaside towns in Visit Mourne and, indeed, on the island of Ireland. Its location at the foot of Northern Ireland’s highest peak, Slieve Donard, makes it a great base to explore the area. Whether you’re just here for the day or you decide to stay longer there is plenty to do in and around the area for every kind of visitor.

  • Cranfield Alpacas Experience in Kilkeel County Down

    Visit Mourne Bucket List

    You could spend a lifetime discovering the treasures of Visit Mourne, and of course the people who are lucky enough to live and work here do just that every day. There is so much to enjoy and see in this wee corner of the world that it can be really tough to choose. We thought we might make it a little easier for you with a few must-see and must-do experiences for you while you’re here.

  • Two people horse riding on Murlough Beach in Newcastle, County Down.
    Categories: Things To DoActivities

    Visit Mourne on horseback

    The people of Visit Mourne are known for their love of horses. Many of the local myths and legends feature the majestic animal and their stature and status in society continues to this day. There are several places and several great ways you can take an equestrian adventure of your own while you’re here. So saddle up and get ready to canter.

  • A group of people walking near to Saul Church on the St. Patrick's Pilgrim Walk experience in Downpatrick, County Down.

    Things to do in Downpatrick

    The spiritual centre of Visit Mourne, Downpatrick is a beautiful and historic town built on the rolling drumlins of Lecale. One of the oldest towns on the island of Ireland, it has a long association with Saint Patrick who spent much of his time in and around the area and died here in the early 5th Century. His legacy remains and whether you come here on pilgrimage or just to simply say hello, there is a unique atmosphere in this small town that you won’t find anywhere else.

  • Family cycling along Castle Ward cycle trail along Strangford Lough.
    Categories: Things To DoGame of Thrones

    Things to do in Strangford and Lecale

    It’s all about the sea around Strangford and Lecale. An area of outstanding natural beauty, stunning views and of special scientific interest, this part of the world is a real winner for those who like their life outdoors. Whether you want to take a boat across the lough, put on your boots and trek around its shores or immerse yourself in the world of Game of Thrones® you’ll find it all in this beautiful part of Visit Mourne.

  • A couple standing looking out at the Mourne Mountains in County Down.

    Top tips for walking in the mountains of Visit Mourne

    The Mountains of Mourne and the Ring of Gullion are truly majestic. The views from their many peaks out across valleys, plains and seas are amongst the most spectacular in the world. When you come to visit us, we want you to enjoy them as much as we do and there are a few things we would like you to keep in mind before you take them on.

  • A group of young women enjoying the rooftop spa facilities at Canal Court Hotel & Spa in Newry.
    Categories: Things To DoShopping

    Things to do in Newry

    Since it’s just a short hop from the south of the island, Newry has always been a busy and bustling centre of activity. Visit Mourne’s only city may be small in size, but as a regional centre it’s bursting with things to offer everyone with the added advantage of being really close to the Ring of Gullion, Carlingford Lough and beautiful surrounding countryside and beaches.

  • Couple walking through the forest on an Xhale The Sound of Silence experience.

    Mindful walks in Visit Mourne

    Visit Mourne is a paradise for walkers. For those who treat it like an Olympic sport there are of course an abundance of challenging treks over mountains and calf-stretching trails through endless forests. If, however, you prefer to take your time and smell the roses, then there are plenty of places you can do that too.

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